Mazzoleni is pleased to announce the opening of the Fall exhibition season of the Turin gallery with a project curated by Gaspare Luigi Marcone, reuniting three undisputed masters of Post-War Italian art, Lucio Fontana (1899-1968), Enrico Baj (1924-2003), and Piero Manzoni (1933-1963). The presentation will be a homage to 1958, an important year in which the differing research of all three artists was displayed and published together.
In 1958, two exhibitions were presented in Italy under the title Fontana Baj Manzoni, both accompanied by a critical text by Luciano Anceschi. The first was held at the Galleria Bergamo in the city of Bergamo from the 4th to the 17th of January, the second at the Galleria del Circolo di Cultura in Bologna from the 23rd of March to the 8th of April that year. Almost certainly the Bologna exhibition was the first time in which Manzoni presented his new ‘white works’, subsequently entitled Achromes. Along with its importance to Manzoni’s career, 1958 was also a very significant year for Fontana’s research. Following the invention of the “holes” in 1949, the founder of Spatialism began to work on his first Concetto spaziale Attese featuring “cuts” in the canvas.
Like Fontana and Manzoni, Baj also pursued an approach ‘beyond painting’, using fabric, buttons and decorative objects to create his work. He will be represented by several pieces, including Peinture nucléaire, 1952, and Testa Montagna, 1958, major examples of his pioneering ideas and artistic practice.
The works on display will examine this key moment in art history with pieces from 1958 as well from before and after this date in order to shed light on the paths followed by the artists. Focussing on their use of radical new methods and experimentation with materials that eventually defined their ‘signature’ work, the show will traverse art movements such as Spatialism and Nuclear Art.